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Access Your Router When You Forgot the Password


Know how to get into your router, without your password.

Forgot Your Router Password? No Problem…

Web interfaces are protected by routers, where parental control, port forwarding, and network settings are configured with username and password. Router’s settings can be protected by changing the password.

You can reset a routers password if for some reason you do not know it. You can possibly forward ports also without having the password.

Default Username and Password

Default username and password must be tried for logging on prior to resetting the router to default settings. If resetting to default settings, you will need both of these anyway. There is more than one way of finding this information:

  • Router’s manual has username and password located inside. If lost, Google “manual” and model number of router.
  • Search router for sticker. There are some router’s that have password printed on sticker placed on router.
  • It may be a username and password which is common, for instance “admin” is used for password by many routers. Leave username blank, or try “admin” and username and password blank, or both as “admin”.
  • If unable to get these to work, go to next section.

Reset to Factory Defaults

There is a button located on routers to reset them to default factory settings. Any configuration settings you may have made, such as network settings, custom passwords, and forwarded ports will be cleared. You can now access your router using default username and password, however, it may take some time to configure your router if you had changes cleared before reset.

Reset process varies with routers, reset button location as well. To find specific result for your model, check owner’s manual. Most routers reset process is very similar however.

Look to your router’s back or bottom for a button labeled Reset. Most often this button is in a depressed hole to avoid accidental resetting.

Hold button down for approximately 10 seconds to reset router. After release of this button, your router will reboot, resetting itself back to factory settings. You may need to use a pin, or bent paperclip to press the button if in a depressed hole.

After router has rebooted, you should be able to log in using default username and password.

Forward Ports Without Password

Reason for this working is many routers supporting Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), which if enabled on router port will automatically open.

If this option is supported with a program, it normally would be found in its connection settings next to port configuration. Smaller amount of routers support NAT-PMP, you may notice, which is a similar way of opening ports automatically.

After resetting router’s settings, you can log in using default username and password. Go to its web interface to change your routers password if wanted.

Now make sure you know some tips for choosing, and purchasing the right router for the job.

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